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Hello, we are Culture Trip

Culture Trip brings you personalized content and recommendations, wherever you are, wherever you go.
By sharing our local knowledge, we help you discover the world and inspire you to explore, share and connect with others.

Dr Kris Naudts

Dr Kris Naudts

CEO & Founder

Born and raised in Belgium, with short stints in South Africa and Israel during medical school, Kris moved to London to become an academic psychiatrist at King’s College – Europe’s largest centre for research in psychiatry and neuroscience. He also worked as medical director of a large private psychiatric hospital in London. However, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for global culture and stories lead him to change career and found Culture Trip. In his spare time, Kris enjoys travel, theatre and jazz.

JERUSALEM

Dr Kris Naudts

Chris Mohney

Editor In Chief

Chris has worked in editorial and content management at a variety of digital media companies, from blogs to platforms to video. Most recently Chief Content Officer at Serious Eats, he previously worked as VP Programming at Maker Studios (Disney), and as Editor-in-Chief at Tumblr. His publishing career began with writing and editing for the Unofficial Guides travel series, and later continued as editor of Gridskipper, Gawker’s original travel blog. In any role, his favorite job is helping talented people collaborate to tell great stories to as large an audience as possible. Chris is looking forward to traveling more often now that his children are old enough to be momentarily distracted while he escapes out the back door.

NEW YORK

Inbal Rosenshtock

Inbal Rosenshtock

VP R&D

Passionate about technology, Inbal graduated from the Technion in Haifa, Israel with a BSc in Information Systems. Inbal joined Elbit Systems as a Real Time Developer in the avionics field, and in her next roles she worked on Big Data environments, implementing machine learning algorithms on distributed systems. Most recently, Inbal has been working as the Vice-President of Research and Development for C-B4, a startup which provides predictive analytics solutions. An enthusiastic artist, Inbal hops between painting, sewing, sculpting and many other craft projects! When she is not working or enjoying her art, Inbal tries to travel as much of the world as she can and is always thinking of her next adventure.

TEL AVIV

Anthony Johnston

Anthony Johnston

Director of Hub Operations

Anthony has spent much of his career as a journalist in Russia and the UK. The Irishman worked for Moscow-based news agency RIA Novosti as a reporter and translator, before moving to London to join the global newspaper network Metro International. There, he rose to the position of editor-in-chief of Metro’s newswire service, leading a team of writers and editors across the globe to create exclusive news and lifestyle content for Metro editions in 23 countries. Today Anthony manages the development of Culture Trip’s hubs, overseeing a community of writers and photographers in cities worldwide. Anthony holds a BA in European Studies (Trinity College Dublin) and an MPhil in Russian Studies (University of Cambridge). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking holidays, playing rugby at amateur club level, and going to the opera and ballet.

DUBLIN

Dave Searle

Dave Searle

HR Director

Born and raised in Bristol, Dave studied Law & Sociology at Oxford Brookes University. Dave worked in the recruitment, hospitality and government sectors firstly in payroll and then in HR roles before joining the Guardian in 2006 and completing his CIPD professional qualification. Working in multiple roles across the HR spectrum for the brand, Dave’s last role there was as VP Human Resources for the US operation based in New York City. Outside of work, Dave enjoys travelling to new cities and beaches, running, pilates, reading fiction, watching films and walking his dog!

New York

Ewa Zubek

Ewa Zubek

Social Media Director

Ewa [ey-va] was born into a newly democratic Poland, but raised in England, where she studied French and German at the University of Oxford. An insatiable explorer, she’s lived in Florence, Berlin, Brussels, London, Warsaw and Singapore, worked at diplomatic institutions and has written for international publications, including The Huffington Post. A regular contributor to Culture Trip since its very beginning, Ewa quickly fell in love with the pace and creativity of the start-up world and, soon after, became the company’s first Managing Editor and then Director of Operations. Now, as the platform’s Social Media Director, Ewa oversees social strategy across the hubs and the rest of the world. Outside of The Culture Trip, you can find her writing (unabashedly), reading (critically) or country-hopping (methodically).

HONG KONG

Julia Hawkins

Julia Hawkins

VP Sales (NYC)

Julia was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a former ACC athlete. Her passion for art, culture and fashion brought her to New York City during which time she worked at several elite brands including InStyle, Town&Country and Women’s Wear Daily. Julia arrived at Culture Trip via Bon Appetit & Epicurious where she was a pivotal member of the management team overseeing integrated sales and branded content development. When she is not posting pictures of her two adorable pugs, Bella & Chloe to instagram you can find her traveling the world, collecting antiques and drinking rosé.

BARCELONA

Simon Low

Simon Low

VP Sales (London)

Originally from Cambridge, Simon has worked in the media industry in London for 16 years, since graduating from The University of Salford in 2000. Having started his career at Carlton Television, Simon arrived at The Culture Trip via The Financial Times, Microsoft, Facebook and BuzzFeed. In his spare time, when Simon is not acting as PA and chauffeur to his 3 children, he enjoys music, travelling, putting Tabasco on most foods, and watching or participating in sports including football, cricket and running.

ROME

Faye Thomas

Faye Thomas

Marketing Director

Faye is a native Brit, originally from leafy Surrey but now based in South West London. She arrived at The Culture Trip via BuzzFeed where she led their marketing strategy in Europe. Prior to BuzzFeed, Faye worked in marketing and sales at The Wall Street Journal and Cond? Nast. A keen linguist and eager traveller, Faye studied French and Italian at Durham University and has lived and worked in London, Paris, Milan and New York. Away from work, Faye enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing sports and binge-watching box sets(!)

NEW YORK

Ben Shacham

Ben Shacham

Operations Director

Ben was born and raised in London. After studying Geography at the University of Oxford, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant. During that time he worked with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups, to venture capital and private equity-backed clients, as well as large multinational public companies. He brings his client experience across sectors as diverse as Technology, Retail and Leisure and Manufacturing. Ben has travelled extensively in South America, driven the length of Mozambique, and spent 2.5 months living in northern Thailand. In his spare time he loves watching his beloved Arsenal, spending time with friends and family, and playing any and every sport.

NEW YORK

Alan Vanstone

Alan Vanstone

Director of Product

Alan is a native Brit, originally from Surrey but he now lives in North West London. After completing a business degree at Coventry University he has worked in digital product management across various verticals including travel, publishing, dating, finance, TV and education. Before joining the Culture Trip, he most recently worked at Sky as Senior Product Lead for content discovery.
His passion is in using technology to help people to discover new things that improve their lives. He has been to 47 countries across all continents other than Antarctica, which he hopes to also visit someday.

XIAN

Nick Jakobi

Nick Jakobi

VP Product

Nick started his career in Artificial Intelligence with a PhD in Evolutionary Robotics and several years in AI startups before joining Google as one of their first European Product Managers in 2006. During his 7.5 years at Google Nickworked on a number of different products including YouTube, Ads, Emerging Markets and Offers. He then joined State, an ambitious new social network designed to connect people by their opinions rather than who they already knew. Unfortunately, product features alone are not enough to make people leave where their friends are and Nick joined Facebook in 2014 to work on Brand Advertising. Although great in many ways, Nick yearned for something more interesting, creative and worthwhile and he left Facebook to join CultureTrip in early 2017.

Brighton

Andrew Whitehead

Andrew Whitehead

Finance Director

Andy has lived and worked in and around London for most of his life. After studying Law at Cardiff University, he spent a year travelling in India, Nepal, South-East Asia, and Australia, and worked for several months in Sydney. In 2004, Andy joined lastminute.com and qualified as a chartered management accountant, holding various roles in accounting and financial analysis in several brands within the group. Most recently he was European Director of Planning and Analysis, and worked on a number of strategic, M&A, and integration projects. Outside of work, Andy enjoys holidaying with his family (and taking too many photos), cycling, learning Spanish, and playing the piano.

PORTO